Batting great Sunil Gavaskar is happy that MS Dhoni has only decided to cede captaincy and has not retired as a player. The 67-year-old feels that relinquishing captaincy can help Dhoni lift his game as a wicketkeeper and as a batsman and that his presence on the field will help Virat Kohli as well.
"If he had quit as a player, then I would have the been the first one outside his house, having a dharna asking him to make a comeback. As a player, he is still a destroyer. He
The former Indian skipper feels that wicketkeeping will become a lot easier for Dhoni without having to think about bowling changes and field placements. He also believes that Kohli will use Dhoni higher up the batting order.
The wicketkeeping will be a lot easier because he will not be thinking about the bowling changes and field placements.
"Yes (it will). Virat would definitely use him at number four or five because having him further down the order doesn't make any sense. Yes, he is a finisher but he can play a big innings at four or five and still end up as a finisher.
"The wicketkeeping will be a lot easier because he will not be thinking about the bowling changes and field placements, which can sometimes distract you," added Gavaskar.
The former opener insists that Dhoni’s presence on the field will help Kohli and India during the crunch periods in a game. He said, "It will certainly help India because MSD's calm and composure will certainly help Virat. Often in Test
Gavaskar is not surprised by Dhoni’s decision to step
"I don't think it really is a surprise but it has come a little bit early. I had thought that he would want to captain till the Champions Trophy where India are the defending champions.
MSD's thinking has purely been for the future of Indian cricket and it is in the hands of Kohli.
"The decision was bound to come sooner or later. It has come sooner that we all anticipated. Virat has shown over the last couple of years, as captain of RCB, that he is ready to take the responsibility. When we hand over
"Again MSD's thinking has purely been for the future of Indian cricket and it is in the hands of Kohli. So he has gracefully made way for that. Therefore we need to complement MSD for that as well," he added.
When asked if he thinks that Dhoni can continue as a player till the 2019 World Cup, Gavaskar said, "Clearly, it depends on his desire and form. As of now, there doesn't seem to be too many options (after Dhoni) available but cricket is a funny game. When you think there isn't anybody after Dhoni, somebody comes out of nowhere to take his place.
"In the meanwhile,
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